“Of course you don’t believe me. Nobody does! But I shall go on searching until I find him, do you hear me?”
A young British woman (Jean Simmons) attends the 1889 Paris Exposition with her brother (David Tomlinson), only to find him mysteriously missing the morning after their arrival. When the hotel staff insists that neither her brother nor his hotel room ever existed, Simmons must investigate the mystery on her own, with the assistance of a helpful young stranger (Dirk Bogarde).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Amateur Sleuths
- Carnivals and Circuses
- Dirk Bogarde Films
- Historical Drama
- Jean Simmons Films
- Mysterious Disappearance
- “No One Believes Me!”
Response to Peary’s Review:
This “very enjoyable and suspenseful” historical thriller — based on an urban legend, or perhaps a true story — is well-acted (particularly by “sweet, pretty Simmons and handsome Bogarde”, who “make an appealing romantic team”), genuinely gripping, and possesses a “clever, satisfying conclusion.” As Peary notes, Alfred Hitchcock “admired the film”, and fans of his thrillers — especially his similarly themed The Lady Vanishes — will undoubtedly enjoy it as well.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Jean Simmons as Vicky Barton
- Dirk Bogarde as George Hathaway
- Cathleen Nesbitt as the duplicitous hotel manager
- A highly suspenseful story of “gaslighting”
- Effective period sets and costumes
Yes. This one is definitely worth seeking out.